ObamaCare's Incredible Steps


Yesterday, the White House announced that, as part of ObamaCare, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would be spending a billion dollars on grants to health care innovators. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took a moment to brag about all that the law has accomplished so far.  "We've taken incredible steps to reduce health care costs and improve care, but we can't wait to do more," she said.

By reduced costs, I presume she is not referring to the price of employer health insurance premiums, which jumped by 9 percent in the first year after ObamaCare passed after rising just three to five percent in previous years. Nor I presume does she mean individual health insurance premiums in states like Ohio and Wisconsin, which are projected to rise for many individuals thanks to the law. Nor do I presume she's referring to the glitch in the law's health insurance subsidy structure that could add $500 billion to its total cost should authorities proceed with expanding coverage as planned.

As for improved care, I know she can't be talking about the law's new restrictions on child only health insurance policies that resulted in insurers in many states dropping child-only health coverage. I doubt she's referring to how the law sets up price-regulated insurance exchanges that create incentives for insurers to prioritize the healthy and avoid the sick. And it's safe to say she isn't talking about the multiple ways in which the law is expected to result in people losing their current health coverage.

But fair enough; thanks to ObamaCare, the administration has already taken incredible steps. And I'm sure it's true that Sebelius and the rest really can't wait to do more.

(Via Cato's Michael Cannon.)

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  1. Simply stated, we will not stand idly by as buffoons at Hit & Run blame their premium hikes ….

  2. I’m beginning to notice a theme here–

    1) spent a billion dollars to control costs

    2) reduced choice to improve coordination

    3) if the law is struck down by SCOTUS, it’s a win for the insurance companies (who happen to support the law).

    This bill opened a wormhole to Bizzaro world. We’re all going to have to wear hats on our feet!

    1. Ah, man… I should have showered before I went out, I have wicked case of hat-foot.

      1. In Bizzaro world, you shower outside!

        1. You get into a box of water and they spray air at you.

          1. Come on, dude. We know you don’t shower. Drop the act.

            1. Projection. We all know you are greasy wop bastard.

              1. Yeah, but at least I wash my track suit and my balls every Friday.

        2. In Soviet Bizzaro World, shower takes YOU!

          1. Soviet Bizarro world is like Galt’s Gulch, only the characters are fully developed and ideas can be communicated without 40 page monologues.

        3. I once rented a cabin that had an outdoor shower on on the fenced side patio. And from the front porch, you could look down onto the patio. Needless to say, it was a fun weekend.

          1. Can you give me directions?

    2. “if the law is struck down by SCOTUS” which part of The law are you referring to? the health insurance mandate? If they were struck down, health insurers would go into a death spiral due to adverse selection. They could not insure the sick only.

      sadly, this will happen anyway. As people will pay the fine, avoid getting insurance Until they are ill. The premiums are too high presently and will remain to high.

      would you pay $695 a year, to avoid getting health insurance until you need it? Then be guarantees coverage once you got sick?

      Obamacare is 2000+ pages of nonsense.

  3. It is quite incredible to take steps that lead you off of a cliff.

    The Incredibles was a great flick. Much better than this government.

  4. You would think that any GOP candidate could run solely on “I will attempt to repeal Obamacare” as their entire platform and win.

    1. I’ve wondered why they bother talking about anything other than that and the economy. We’ll repeal Obamacare. We’ll dramatically cut spending with no tax increases, and we’ll take whatever steps necessary to get the economy back on track. Not more government intervention, but much less.



      2. Gotta keep the SoCon tardstituent happy.

        1. Yup. Gotta pander to the haters and xenophobes and bible-thumpers, though it seems that the xenophobes are the ones getting the love this time around.

          I mean, Mexicans are more important than the economy or Obamacare, dude. Come on.

        2. Why bother? You don’t have to reverse your position, just remain silent or vague about the ones that don’t fucking matter right now.

      3. Because such a strategy rests on the false assumption that the Democrat and Republican parties are in ideological opposition to each other.

        1. To some degree, I share this view, but there are some differences. The most important one right now being that there is a significant minority within the GOP willing to hack away some of Leviathan with an ax. Not enough, to be sure, but they are, at least, less blindly suicidal.

          1. You’re delusional, ProL. Wishful thinking helps no one.

            1. It’s not so much that I expect change, and I agree that the GOP in power will cater less to reform/libertarian views, but I think they’re slightly less suicidal than the Democrats, who appear to see Greece and ask, “Can we do that, too?”

              Naturally, I’d prefer an actual libertarian option. Like a written constitution.

              1. that’s sadly the best position right now – hoping the ‘pubs will be .1% less worse than the ‘crats. Where this road leads us, only the devil knows.

                1. We are screwed, one way or the other. Even if we started a very improbable retreat to constitutional government, we’ll probably have statist wackos resorting to violence or some other craziness.

                  1. 200 million guns in the hands of 40 million people who tend to have at least some sympathy for limited government ideas. I think the statist violence would end quickly.

                2. Sort of like being driven off of a cliff at 30 mph (Team Red) as opposed to 70 mph (Team Blue).

                  Either way, you’re going off the side.

                3. I know, but I’m not talking.

    2. My buddy and I have a whole joke-thing about “you would think”.

      “You would think” the American People? wouldn’t elect a talentless fuckstick with no accomplishments or experience whom any semi-sentient 13 year old could see was an empty suit with no substance.

      But you’d be wrong.

  5. As a fry cook at McDonalds….wait, that was another thread.

    As a manager at a gigundo Evul Kochporashun, I have to like Obamacare b/c it will “take healthcare off the table as a CODB and ‘level the playing field’ so we can concentrate on our ‘core bidness'”. Blah blah blah, etc. etc. Realpolitik.

    As a person, I’m seriously contemplating suicide if we keep heading down this road, because I can’t stand the frustration and stoopid watching others ruin my life one straw at a time. Plus it’s getting REALLY hard to keep still and not have a Dave Chappelle-esque “Keepin’ It Real” outburst in the middle of meetings at work…

    1. Cultivate a dry wit. It’s what I use to avoid taking up drink.

      I’m also enjoying the confusion as to whether I’m a Republican or a Democrat.

      1. Or just take up drink. It’s more fun.

      2. Cultivate a dry wit.

        It helps, as well, to be unaccountable to anyone except the Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

    2. Ahem, that’s CHIEF fry cook. Revel in your corporate title!

  6. “We’ve taken incredible steps to reduce health care costs and improve care, but we can’t wait to do more,” she said.

    Really? I would think they’d want to show us all those “savings” instead of keeping them secret.

    1. They would but they’re too busy doing more.

  7. It’s the Big Lie theory: If you tell people that something they think is white is actually black often enough, they’ll believe it.

    And then the world will fill with rapping white grannies.

  8. I also hear they’ve increased the chocolate ration to 25 grams!

  9. We’ve taken incredible steps to reduce health care costs and improve care,

    Really? Because I sit right in the middle of the health care industry and keep a very close eye on everything Sebelius and her cronies do, and I can assure you with 100% certainty that

    (1) They have increased the deadweight/overhead costs of healthcare providers.

    (2) Nothing they have done will increase the actual frontline quality of care that patients receive.

    In fact, increasing deadweight costs diverts resources from patient care, so if anything, they have both increased costs and decreased quality.

  10. You would think that any GOP candidate could run solely on “I will attempt to repeal Obamacare” as their entire platform and win.

    This assumes that the hating on Obamacare means that voters don’t want Uncle Sugar to pay their doctor and hospital bills.

    As near as I can tell “Boobus Americanus” is just smart enough to recognize that Obamacare will cost him a shitload of money without delivering any discernible benefits.

    What your neighbors and coworkers really hate about Obamacare is that it isn’t free. Convince them that you can make it free and they’ll want to make you President for Life.

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